In politics, our elected officials stick to a different standard. No one is really surprised by this. A politician describes the country’s current situation and their own views in the best possible light. They put a silver lining on all bad news. They oversell their own plan as the only real way to get things done.
As Carson noted here a few days ago: “This is not the same thing as lying, which involves deliberately saying what you know to be false.”
Well, last night, Joe Biden lied. And he knows it.
No, he wasn’t mistaken. No, he didn’t simply interpret something in the best possible light.
During last night’s VP debate, Biden said:
“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
And thankfully Paul Ryan called him on it.
“Now, I’ve got to take issue with [what Biden said about] the Catholic church and religious liberty. [BIDEN INTERRUPTS AGAIN.] why would they keep — why would they keep suing you? It’s a distinction without a difference.”
And today, the U.S. Bishops have issued a statement about Biden’s “inaccurate statement of fact.” Which is about as close as the Bishops will ever come to saying: “Dude, you’re a lying liar.”
Responding to Biden’s claim that ended with him saying “This is a fact” not once, but twice, the USCCB responded:
“This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain ‘religious employers.’ That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to ‘Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,’ or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
“HHS has proposed an additional ‘accommodation’ for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as ‘non-exempt.’ That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation ‘to pay for contraception’ and ‘to be a vehicle to get contraception.’ They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.
“USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.”
With the fate of Catholic schools, hospitals and soup kitchens on the line, it’s great to see a continued strong defense of religious freedom from our bishops.